The price of confession

Jan. 16, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

News came out Tuesday regarding Lance Armstrong's "emotional" interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The Associated Press reported that the interview — which is expected to run on Winfrey's OWN network in a two-part episode — that Armstrong admits that he used performance-enhancing drugs to help win seven Tour de France cycling titles.

Winfrey touted the interview Tuesday morning on "CBS This Morning."

But, people should not be confused with this as being full-disclosure from Armstrong, who was a pillar in cycling circles.

Make no mistake, Armstrong being interviewed by Winfrey is not something that should be considered as a play to reduce his lifetime ban from cycling.

In fact, the World Anti-Doping Agency issued a statement Tuesday stating: "Only when Mr. Armstrong makes a full confession under oath — and tells the anti-doping authorities all he knows about doping activities — can any legal and proper process for him to seek any reopening or reconsideration of his lifetime ban commence."

While Winfrey and others may perceive Armstrong's confession as "sincere" or "heartfelt." this still does not take way from the fact that Armstrong, in a sense. cheated his way to glory.

And, let's not leave out Winfrey, who is promoting this interview as "one of the biggest for OWN." To us, seems more like a glorified way to sell what has been billed as a fledgling network that has struggled to see success since its inception in 2011.

Just like with the Baseball Hall of Fame, cheaters have been punished but the biggest thing is the message their actions have sent to our children.

We have talked about this before.

Cheaters should be punished for their actions. That being said, we cannot allow our children to look upon their misdeeds as being acceptable or norm of today's society.

While Armstrong may be sincere in his admission, and we sincerely hope that he is, we cannot forget just what he did and that it is not okay to cheat your way to success or glory.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board


The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark